Food trader turns painting activity with grandson into new source of income
KOTA BHARU: When the government announced the implementation of the first Movement Control Order (MCO) last year, one grocer here felt that her business had to slow down and she would only take orders online.
As a result, Fatmawati Yaacob (pix), 58, spent more time at home and decided to do art activities with her grandson Adam Wafi Mohd Salahudin, five.
Little did she know that her pictures, which she produced for fun, would become a new source of income for her family.
“I used to sell groceries like Kuih Apam and Nasi Berlauk in a shack in Kampung Sireh, but when the MCO was introduced I had to go slower and spend more time at home due to some restrictions.
“Last June I decided to spend my time doing drawings and paintings with my grandson with art tools that I bought from an RM2 store,” she told reporters as she settled in here at her home Kampung Bunut Payong met.
As a proud grandmother, Fatmawati said that she would upload a photo of the finished work of art on her Facebook account, but she never thought that her social media friends would leave positive comments and feedback, and some even expressed their intention that Painting to buy.
“From then on I came up with the idea of doing this activity as my new source of income, and it’s clearly not a wasted effort. Since then I have created 100 paintings on a variety of subjects, and the most popular are landscape paintings.
“In fact, I believe my interest in art, born from observing my late father, Yaacob Awang Mat, a khat calligrapher, during my school days should be fully exploited,” she said.
Fatmawati, who has 10 grandchildren, said she was able to produce two paintings almost a day depending on the difficulty and size of the artwork.
“I use acrylic paint for coloring so that my pictures look realistic, and that’s not that expensive either.
“I usually paint on canvas or plywood, but plywood is cheaper, greener, and a better surface to mix the colors,” she explained.
Fatmawati said she would spend up to five hours a day on the art activity, adding that she was also receiving orders from customers outside of Kelantan.
“Each painting costs around 40 RM and could also reach 400 RM. I refuse to charge a high price because my intent is to give handouts while doing business, ”she said. -Bernama